It can be debated which MBTI personality type is truly the most “shy” among the 16 types, but the INFP personality type — also known as the “Mediator” — is often listed at the top of shyness ranks. This type is said to be quiet and sensitive, often getting lost in their daydreams due to their creativeness and imagination. They’re a rare type, which is a shame, because they are also among the most compassionate and empathetic personality types out there!
It might seem like someone with this MBTI type would shy away from the loud, exciting, public life of a K-Pop idol, but the following 19 artists prove that a so-called shy personality type shouldn’t stop anyone from pursuing their passion!
1. San (ATEEZ)
People might be surprised to learn that San is actually one of three members of ATEEZ that is an introvert (the other two being Hongjoong and Yeosang), given that he’s so outgoing and charismatic on stage! But fans of the idol know that he definitely has a thoughtful and introspective side as well in his personal life.
2. Yedam (TREASURE)
TREASURE’s main vocalist is known to have an incredibly powerful voice, and the K-Pop industry is better with him in it, even if he is on the shyer side based on his MBTI type!
3. Chaeyoung (TWICE)
TWICE’s fierce rapper is an incredibly charismatic and powerful performer, which might make some surprised to learn that her MBTI type is INFP!
4. Heechul (Super Junior)
Heechul has a reputation for being sassy, blunt, and honest, which could be seen as his way of being compassionate and taking care of others by not beating around the bush with anyone.
IU is one of a couple of soloists in the K-Pop industry that is an INFP, which is interesting since you might think that having the center spotlight all the time might be stressful for this type! But she fits the role with ease and has had an immensely successful career.
6. Hongjoong (ATEEZ)
Hongjoong is the other member of ATEEZ that has this personality type, and he’s another member of the group that is often praised for his fierce and impressive stage presence! He’s also incredibly expressive in his music and his fashion style, putting that INFP creativity to good use.
7. DK (SEVENTEEN)
SEVENTEEN actually has four INFP members among its ranks! DK is one of them, which might amuse some fans, since he’s also known to be one of the loudest members of the group as well. His status as main vocalist is well-earned, though, as he definitely knows how to use that voice beautifully when he performs!
8. Hyunjin (Stray Kids)
Hyunjin is the only member of Stray Kids that is an INFP, and also one of the only members who is the introverted type (the other being Han, who is ISTP). He’s a fantastic performer, though he does seem to be on the quieter side off-stage, which fits this type!
9. Jennie (BLACKPINK)
Jennie is the only member of BLACKPINK that has the introverted personality type! While she can seem somewhat reserved and quiet when not performing, when she’s on stage, she absolutely owns it every time.
10. Hoshi (SEVENTEEN)
SEVENTEEN’s dancing king Hoshi must funnel all of his INFP creativity into choreography, because he is arguably one of the best dancers in the K-Pop industry at the current time, especially since he creates so much of his choreography on his own!
11. Joy (Red Velvet)
Joy has both a mature, proud personality as well as a more playful one when appropriate, but she’s also said to be one of the most sensitive members of Red Velvet, which suits the INFP type!
12. Moonbin (ASTRO)
Moonbin and Eunwoo are the only two members of ASTRO who are the introverted type, and as is the case with several other idols on this list, he also seems to pour a lot of his passion and energy into expressing himself through dance in particular!
13. Jun (SEVENTEEN)
The third member of SEVENTEEN with this personality type, Jun does seem to lean towards the quiet and shy type when he’s less comfortable in a situation. When he’s able to express himself more freely in his native language, however, he definitely has a playful and witty side as well!
Another soloist with the INFP personality type, Sunmi really seems to personify the definition of being an artist, with so much of her raw emotions and creative expression clear to see in her songs, choreography, and concepts.
15. Taemin (SHINee)
Once again, an idol known in particular for his dance skills appears on this list! Taemin has long been described as one of the best dancers in the industry, a well-deserved title, but he’s the complete opposite with his shy and sweet personality off-stage!
16. Momo (TWICE)
Momo is certainly known for the passion and skills she has in dancing as well, having put an incredible amount of hard work into becoming as talented as she is today. Like many INFPs, she seems to best express herself through her art, which she performs beautifully.
17. S.Coups (SEVENTEEN)
The final member of SEVENTEEN that’s the INFP personality type, S.Coups is the group’s mature and well-spoken leader who has admitted to being fragile on the inside despite his seemingly confident exterior. It’s clear that he cares deeply for his members, and being sensitive can help him truly empathize with them.
18. Yeri (Red Velvet)
Red Velvet’s youngest member is also their second INFP, and though her energetic and outgoing personality might make this come as a surprise, but her making lots of friends in the K-Pop industry means that she can put her mediator ways to good use.
19. Hyungwon (MONSTA X)
Half of MONSTA X’s members are introverts, with Hyungwon being the solo member that has the INFP type. He’s definitely one of the quieter members overall, but he’s also hilarious and quirky when he feels comfortable!